HUMAN-POWERED FERRIS WHEEL IN NEPAL

From the wonderful blog BoingBoing, some footage of an ingenious solution to a lack of electricity. BoingBoing: Human powered ferris wheel in Nepal

SCIENCE AND DEVELOPMENT: CALESTOUS JUMA INTERVIEW

Following the previous post about the book “Science and Development”, Guy Collender from the London International Development Centre has interviewed Calestous Juma (who wrote the book’s preface) for a new podcast, Development Matters, which “explores today’s major international development issues through in-depth interviews with leading scholars from across the globe.” Development Matters – Episode 1

BOOK: SCIENCE AND INNOVATION FOR DEVELOPMENT

By Elisa Arond, STEPS Centre Last Tuesday evening was the launch of the book “Science and Innovation for Development” by Prof Sir Gordon Conway (Imperial College, and former chief scientist at the UK Department for International Development), Prof Jeff Waage (Director of the London International Development Centre – LIDC), and Sara Delaney (graduate of the…

COP15: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

A month after the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, and the disappointment and frustration that many participants and observers around the world felt is still raw. Our colleague Fatema Rajabali was in Copenhagen and captured some of the thoughts of developing country participants during the final days of the event. Have a look at her…

“EVERYTHING IS INTERCONNECTED”: DAVID MILLIBAND AT THE ROYAL SOCIETY

David Milliband spoke at the Royal Society yesterday on Science, Diplomacy and the Modern Age. “…international relations has long been premised on the idea of a ‘balance of power’. The international system tended towards equilibrium and self-correction, as states sought to balance each other’s economic or military strength; an echo of the world of Newtonian…

BRINGING AFRICAN SPACE SCIENCE DOWN TO EARTH?

by Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre The past years have seen several African countries beginning to invest in satellites for defence, communications, and other objectives. Nigeria is one example (see an interview with Turner Isoun, the man behind Nigeria’s space race, after the jump). In some cases, these technologies have been applied in agriculture or environmental…

DISCUSSING “INTERSECTING KNOWLEDGES” IN NAIROBI

by Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre The African Academy of Sciences‘ vision is to be the engine driving scientific and technological development in Africa. It was established by prominent scientists, and the membership is still focused around the ‘hard’ sciences, especially physics and mathematics. But from our recent trip to Nairobi it’s obvious that the contribution…

YOUNG AFRICAN SCIENTISTS IN NAIROBI

By Adrian Ely The first day of the 4th TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists’ Conference in Africa on “Science and Technology (S&T) Enterprises in Africa” provided a platform for some great examples of applied scientific research being carried out on the continent. Much of this was problem-focussed, interdisciplinary research, rather than “ivory tower” science. However, several speakers…